Killers of a San Jose father of three arrested

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4 years after a San Jose father of 3 was murdered in a home invasion, police have finally found and arrested his alleged killers. 

Khanh Kieu, 54, of San Jose, was shot to death inside his home on Misty Glen Court in south San Jose on June 21, 2018. Kieu left behind his wife and young children. 

Homicide detectives had narrowed their suspects to 2: Robert James Ascensio, 46, of Modesto, and Juvenal Arellano, 38, of Milpitas. 

On July 14, the San Jose Police Department Covert Response Unit arrested both men and booked them into jail. 

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Arellano and Ascencio this week. 

A surveillance video from the 2018 murder shows 3 men in a black Lexus sedan pulling up to Kieu’s house. They break into the house and shot Kieu. They flee the scene without stealing anything. 

It’s not been confirmed if a 3rd suspect has been arrested yet. 

The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation,” Aponte said.

Ascensio’s mug shot shows that he has San Jose’s area code, “408” tattooed on his forehead.

Robert James Ascensio (SJPD mug shot) and Juvenal Arellano (SJPD mug shot)

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